Approved Raters & Trainers

State Approved Trainer and Training Approval Process

Thank you for your interest in becoming an approved trainer for Great Start to Quality.  The purpose of the training and trainer approval process is to promote quality professional development opportunities across the State of Michigan.   Quality training sets the foundation for early care and school-age professionals.

As of January 1, 2016 all professional development opportunities offered by a Great Start to Quality Resource Center must be state approved.  All trainers must complete the Trainer Approval Process and as of February 1, 2016, all trainings must be approved through the Training Approval Process.  The Trainer and Training Approval Process is administered and managed by the Great Start to Quality Resource Centers.  

Approved Trainers will be listed on a statewide database that can be accessed by the Resource Centers across the state.  Trainer contact information, willingness to provide training in multiple Great Start to Quality regions and any approved training will be listed in the database.

As an approved Great Start to Quality trainer providing an approved training, you have a tremendous opportunity to impact the lives of Michigan’s early care and education providers.

Becoming a State Approved Great Start to Quality Trainer

If you are interested in becoming a trainer, steps 1 through 5 will help guide you through the Great Start to Quality Trainer and Training Approval Process. 

All application materials are available through your local Great Start to Quality Resource Center. 

Step 1:   State Trainer Application Submission

An interested trainer must complete a Great Start to Quality Trainer Application Sample Form and submit it to their local Great Start to Quality Resource Center with documentation to support credentials and experience.  Please note that only completed applications will be reviewed.  Allow 3-4 weeks for processing.

Step 2:   State Trainer Approval or Denial

An approval or denial letter will be sent from the Great Start to Quality Resource Center.  If approved, the Trainer Approval Application, contact information, areas of expertise and any subsequently approved training will be placed in a state-wide database accessible to all Resource Centers.  Approved trainers are now eligible to complete Training Submission Forms to submit training for approval.

Step 3:   Training Approval Submission

Approved Great Start to Quality trainers are eligible to submit training for approval using the Great Start to Quality Training Submission Sample Form.  A detailed training outline is required as part of the Great Start to Quality Training Approval Process.  More details about the required training outline are provided on the Training Submission Form.  Trainers will be asked to identify the counties and/or regions they are willing to offer training.

Training approval is based on review of the training outline to ensure: objectives and content are aligned to the relevant Core Knowledge and Core Competencies for children from birth to age five or school-age; content is presented in a detailed, organized manner; and the plan and training methods shared support the objectives being met through an engaging training plan.   The Supplemental Training Information document may be helpful to review as you develop training.  

This document includes: 

  • Core Knowledge and Competency Areas (Birth to Five)
  • Core Knowledge and Competency Areas (School-Age)
  • Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential Subject Areas
  • Great Start to Quality Indicators - Categories
  • Level II Approved Training Topics for Unlicensed Subsidized Providers
  • Areas of Expertise

Completed Training Submission Forms and detailed trainer outlines should be sent to your local Great Start to Quality Resource Center.   Allow 3-4 weeks for processing.

Step 4:   Training Approval or Denial

An approval or denial letter will be sent from the Great Start to Quality Resource Center.  All approved Great Start to Quality trainings will be housed in a statewide database where Resource Centers have access to the database for securing training that meets their scope of work.  If the Resource Center has a need for this specific training, they will work with you directly to post your training to the online training calendar.

Step 5:   State Professional Development Training Certificate

Trainers approved by their Great Start to Quality Resource Center will use the state approved Professional Development Training Sample Certificate for class participants.  This certificate will be provided electronically to approved trainers by their Great Start to Quality Resource Center.  Trainers will make appropriate changes to the front of certificate for their training.  On the back, trainers will track Child Development Associate Credential training hours and Core Knowledge and Competency Areas presented in the training.

Working together, we attain the goal of giving all Michigan’s children a Great Start!